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Our top 16 moments of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and the crew at IRIS gears up for 2017, we are left to reflect on what the year meant to us, our alumni, our students and the countless others our organization reaches. While it's hard to narrow it down to...

An update on the Nigerian Birthing Project

  [caption id="attachment_19856" align="alignright" width="337"] Rotarians from Kaduna State, Nigeria and the Iowa team met with the Honorable Commissioner, Kaduna State Ministry of Health. The support of the State Ministry of Health will help the training effort to be sustainable for many years to come.[/caption] In Northern...

YES alumna helps promote female empowerment worldwide

With and For Girls (WFG) is an awards initiative that, over time, will donate over $1 million to programs that represent girls across the globe. As part of this program, WFG selects a group of 21 people to act as panelists in selecting which programs...

November Student of the Month: Abdel Rafi Lim

Abdel Rafi Lim, from the Philippines, is taking every opportunity to try new activities and get to know new people in his host city of Fort Dodge. His coordinator Ashley said, “Rafi is one of the most positive, outgoing, flexible, responsible, and engaging students I’ve worked...

Students teach over 4,500 people during International Education Week

[huge_it_gallery id="8"] November 14-18 marked the 16th annual International Education Week. In celebration, our exchange students held presentations all across Iowa to educate community members on their home countries' cultures, customs and history. Together, our 29 students presented to more than 4,500 people over the course of...

Interfaith project unites a community

Over the past 40 years, Nigeria has been affected by many waves of religious and ethnic conflict. This religious intolerance comes from a growing rift between the country's two primary religions, Christianity and Islam. In some areas of the country, these violent conflicts are severe enough...

YES alumni combat malaria in Nigeria & Tanzania

One of our more active alumni, James Chungu, constantly has a community service project in the works. He specializes in video and graphic design work and uses that skill set to help those in need in his home country of Tanzania. In the past he...

Summer camp teaches Nigerian students about volunteerism

              Jos, Nigeria has earned the slogan, "The home of peace and tourism" due to its cool climate, beautiful landscape and elaborate natural rock formations.  However, in the early 2000s, religious intolerance led to a series of unrest: people being forced from their homes, houses burned,...